Some of you saw my post on social media that said we were running away to Mackinac Island and you couldn't come along. In other words, we needed a sanity escape and my laptop stayed home.That's exactly what we did. We went to Mackinac Island to relax. Our lives tend to be hectic between the two of us.My hubby and I looked at each other one day and decided we needed a sanity break. So, we put our bags into a trusty Grumman Yankee and took to the skies. When life gets stressful and overwhelming it's important to take a sanity break, even if only a few hours. In a former blog post "The Value of Re-creation", I shared the importance of rest to our health. If we don't take the time to rest, we can make ourselves sick. Picture above:Sundial at St. Ignace by the docks in park.
When people think of Mackinac Island, they think of their world famous fudge and the Grand Hotel. People think of $$$$$ flying away, too! We didn't eat the fudge, I can't anyway. We didn't stay at the Grand Hotel, although we rode by it in a horse-drawn taxi. We went on the cheap. Picture left: Grand Hotel.
You could drive, but by plane for us the trip was cut in half. Aviation fuel for 2-1/2 hours would be about the same as a tank of gas from home. Picture right: Fueling up at St. Ignace.
We stayed at a hotel in St. Ignace for a great discount rate because we booked for Sunday instead of Friday or Saturday. Hubby took Monday as a vacation day from work.
We flew from there to Mackinac Island, but you can drive over on the Mackinac Bridge. There may be a toll. We had a landing and tie down fee at Mackinac airport the equivalent of a parking fee. Picture left: Our vantage point of the runway at Mackinac Island.
I took our own breakfast since I have food allergies and my hubby is trying to manage his weight. There was a fridge in the room. But the hotel had free breakfast included. I always have Larabars with me, so we didn't buy snacks. It only cost for two meals. There were two restaurants on the Gluten-Free Directory: The Village Inn at St. Ignace and Seabiscuit Cafe and Grog. No outrageous choices to make. Simple is good!
Our ground transport was an old Chrysler Voyager van with hand crank windows and no air conditioning, compliments of the airport at St. Ignace. It did cost $7 a piece for the horse drawn taxi to get to downtown and back to the airport. Picture right: Horse drawn taxi and downtown.
Our splurge was renting a tandem bike to ride the 8.2 miles around the perimeter of the island from downtown. The Harley Davidson bicycle in the Harley Davidson shop was tempting, but it's still in the window! Picture left: Harley Davidson bicycle in shop window.
So for $200 to 250, we had a great time. Most people spend about $2,000 for the same trip because they stay at expensive hotels, have expensive transportation, go at prime time, and buy a lot of junk that really doesn't matter. By the way, this girl packed light at 17.1 pounds (the luggage)! My happy hubby was both surprised and delighted! You can take a short excursion on the cheap, if you scale down your expectations. Rest. Check. Happy. Check. Restful sleep the night before. Absolutely! Picture right:Hand crank windows in 1980-ish Chrysler van.
Rest, relaxation and renewal can be had with a bit of creativity. The planning helps you wait until you can actually spring from your nest. Anticipation makes the actual time lots of fun when you get there. Be content with free to nearly free. By going on the cheap, you don't lose sleep trying to figure out how to pay the credit card for that short get-away. Rest. Relax. Renew. It's good for you. May God bless you!
Picture left: A bicycle built for two on Mackinac Island 8.2 island tour! Hubby is the camera man.
For travel info about Mackinac Island, http://www.mackinac.com.